IMPLANT by Ray Clark | #booktour #LoveBooksGroup

Hello bookworms! It is finally my stop for the blog tour for IMPLANT by Ray Clark and I am so excited to share my thoughts with you! I had a delay in posting due to technical errors: basically my windows decided to do the longest update in history and couldn’t write it up until now, cutting in close as always, isn’t it?!

“Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire.Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims, no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence.Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy?” [goodreads blurb]

Suspenseful edge-of-your-seat crime thriller!

I loved Implant so much! From the get-go I was thrown into the story on a chase to find the killer of these chilling murders. Nothing is ever what it seems and twists and turns await the reader at every corner and I LOVED IT. I really felt a connection with the detectives so I was even more invested in the story as they try to find The Tooth Fairy  – no, not that Tooth fairy, but the killer who has been dubbed as such. I’ll tell you now, some of the scenes chilled me to the bone and I am used to things like that.

There was a great amount of banter between the detectives which is totally realistic and the relationship between Gardener and Reilly was very tight, I could tell that there were also old friends and a great support network for each other.

Because I am a veteran at this, I did see some twists and turns coming and what was about to happen at times, however I still really loved this novel and I couldn’t recommend it any more! The writing was great, the characters were fun, and good murders and I love a fast paced crime thriller so this was up my street. As you read IMPLANT, you can see the lever of care and research that went into it and it shines into the storytelling. Ray is definitely an author that I will be adding to my “watchlist”.

A short version of the full waiting room chapter book read from Ray Clark’s third book in the IMP series, Implant

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The Shoot Corpses, Don’t They by Stuart McLean ♥ | #LoveBooksTours

Happy Sunday! What are you guys up to this weekend? Anything fun? I finished reading The Shoot Corpses, Don’t They by Stuart McLean so I am putting the proverbial pen and paper to good use and write my thoughts on it.

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Noir
Year Of Publication: 13/04/2018
Pages: 302
My rating: 3.5 stars

Pat O’Hare is the only (living) private detective in Farrelton, a crime-ridden city still recovering from the ravages of an undead uprising. Pat is hired to find the missing granddaughter of a rich industrialist. But, what starts out as simple enough job turns into a fight for survival as he finds himself pulled into a deadly mystery where nobody can be trusted. Helped only by a trigger happy ex-cop and a washed up boxer with a pathological fear of trees, Pat has to use every trick in the book just to stay alive.
Caught between corrupt police, gun-wielding hitmen and a ruthless crime lord, Pat soon learns that the zombies are not the most dangerous creatures in town.

The Shoot Corpses, Don’t They by Stuart McLean features zombies and detectives which the perfect mesh-up in my opinion. Anyone who knows me can vouch for my love of zombies. The characters are funny and witty even with the zombs within touching distance. I really enjoyed reading about a world where the living are going on with their lives even with zombies.

The zombies adds an interesting backdrop to this detective noir setting and I am so here for it. There characters were hilarious, the twist and turn in this mystery/thriller novel kept on coming and I kept on turning the page because I needed to know and this novel kept me chucking all the way to the end.

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Author bio:

Stuart McLean (aka CS McLean) is a writer currently living in St Albans. He studied Chemistry at the University of Hertfordshire – although, this was back in the days when the Premiership was still called Division One and Hatfield was still a Polytechnic.
He was shortlisted for the first Margery Allingham short story competition, and was twice shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland short story competition.
Stuart was a finalist in the 2016 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition, in which he pitched his brand of zombie noir to a largely bewildered group of panellists. He was also chosen as one of the 2018 Bloody Scotland Crime in the Spotlight authors, a platform to highlight new and emerging crime writers.When not writing, Stuart likes to play various musical instruments, all very badly; guitar, ukulele, trumpet and harmonica. But, not at the same time.

From The Shadows by G. R. Halliday | #BookReview

Good morning readers! How are you this fabulous Monday? I am back with a review of FROM THE SHADOWS by G.R.Halliday, the newest, hottest crime procedural in town! Set in the Scottish Highlands, this novel is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series. I am having it from good sources that the sequel is being worked on and I am very excited; this review is coming out a bit later because I was convinced that I had published it… obviously not…

Genre: Crime/Thriller
Year Of Publication: April 2019
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Pages: 432
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Harvill Secker for sending me an ARC of this novel for review.

Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.”

From the Shadows is Halliday’s debut novel, but I was impressed how well it was executed and it did not feel like his first ever novel. The novel is following different key characters, including the killer, and although I am not generally a fan of multiple POVs, it was so well done I really enjoyed it. The set-up for this novel is perfect with it’s dark and atmospheric vibes which draw you in – I felt chilled to my bones.

DI Monica Kennedy is senior investigator on the murder case of a 16 year old boy who after disappearing from his home is found mutilated and tortured on a remote location in the Highlands. When another body is found fitting the same MO, the situation escalates and Monica has to find out the truth behind these murders and stop the killer from striking again.

I really liked Monica and it was easy to empathize with her, even if at times there was a little too much “underlining” of some of her flaws. Monica is a lone mother with a 4 year child, but also a professional trying to be the best at her job and keep the people safe. She has a past herself, but then everyone around her seems to be keeping secrets and she eventually unites forces with Bach, the social worker of another missing teenager who’s body was never found. Bach has his own demons to fight, but his passion for saving these kids is the motivator which keeps him going.

Halliday has a talent for writing good characters and knows how to set the scene for maximum impact. From the shadows is a brilliant debut tot what it seems to be an amazing new crime series.

Have you read From the shadows? What did you think?
Xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: The woman in the window by A.J.Finn

I told myself that in 2019 I am not going to force myself to finish books that do not hold my interest; my TBR list is huuuuuge and I simply do not have time for it. Thanks goodness for audiobooks! So I picked The woman in the window as I love thrillers and wanted to read this one for sooooooo long…

Genre: domestic thriller
Year Of Publication: Jan 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 427
My rating: 2.5 stars, DNF.

The woman in the window follows Anna Fox, child psychologist suffering from agoraphobia and has not left her house in almost a year. I reallllly wanted to like this as I have a background in psychology myself and reading about a character is a similar background was very interesting, however I really struggled to care or to maintain interest and it was not the fault of the audiobook. I did enjoy the moments where she was talking about the illness, medications and diagnosis criteria.

The main problem with this novel is that it’s not very thrillery for a quarter of the book, instead drags on and on about how much Anna Fox is drinking, watching her neighbors and chats with other people online. I was supposed to feel an emotional connection to the main character, to feel her pain and root for her and whilst I did root for her, I found myself simply bored out of my mind. By the time the ungodly scream happens, I’ve been waiting for so long that I lost interest, put it down and now I have no willingness to pick it up. Maybe one day it will happen, maybe not.

The writing was good, it was articulate and expressive, but the plot suffered greatly at the expense of exposition and setting the scene. Nothing really happened that couldn’t have been written in a much shorter way and cut to the thrilling part of the novel which is what I was here for. Also, can we just stop with the unreliable narrator style of domestic thrillers!!

Have you read it? What did you think?

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#BookReview: Supermarket by Bobby Hall | @SimonBooks @Logic301

Happy bank holiday weekend! Do you have plans for the day? I’m going to hit the supermarket later and some more reading and writing, maybe even a movie. Now talking about the supermarket, the lovely people at Simon & Schuster sent me a copy of SUPERMARKET by Bobby Hall and I knew I had to read it from the moment I’ve read the blurb.

Genre: Adult Fiction
Year Of Publication: March 26th 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 228
My rating: 4 stars

Flynn is a depressed artist who recently went through a horrible break-up with the girl of his dreams and now started working in a supermarket to find inspiration for his book. Throw in a crime scene, interesting co-workers and weird things happening, and you have Supermarket, an incredible down-the-rabbid-hole, mind-altering and reality-bending novel!

“So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s survival.”

PSX_20190420_104019.jpgI do not think that I can put into words exactly what SUPERMARKET did to me because of the way it was written, where the twist and turns and altered reality messes with your brain. I liked Flynn as the main character, he was interesting, engaging and could see him as a real human being. There were moments when I was a little frustrated on his behalf and therefore frustrated at him, however, it made sense in the end because he didn’t have the tools to manage certain situations. Frank on the other side, was annoying, obnoxious and everything that I hate in a person – and it was meant to be so.

I appreciated the conversation it starts in regards to mental health and the implications of stress and certain events that can have a traumatic impact on an individual. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I am talking about. I also felt that it all came from a place of knowing, raw and intense. The acknowledgements section – do no skip these ever! – is enlightening in regards to why this novel came to be.

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The writing was actually really good I was surprised to find myself sucked into the vivid world of the SUPERMARKET and the altered reality. Not sure if it is just me, but I found some of the twists and revelations predictable just before I should’ve been wowed. I am also not sure if this is a difference between US and UK mental health institutions, but I had a lot of issues on how that was depicted as I have experience in working in mental health settings and that’s not how it works, at least in the UK.

Have you read it? What did you think? Comment down below!

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#BookReview: A beautiful corpse by Christi Daugherty | @fictionpubteam

When I saw this gorgeoussss book cover on twitter a few months ago I knew I had to have it! Shallow, I know, but I love good covers and the title hooked me in and then I read the blurb so kept my eye out for it so when it came up on Netgalley – Thanks Netgalley –  I requested it ASAP. Thanks Harper Fiction for granting the request!

Genre: Mystery/Fiction/Thriller
Year Of Publication: 04.04.2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 384
My rating: 4 stars

Blurb:
It’s a thin line between love and murder… A murder that shocks a city…
Shots ring out on one of Savannah’s most famous streets. A beautiful law student lies dead. A case full of secrets and lies… Three men close to the victim are questioned. All of them claim to love her. All of them say they are innocent of her murder. An investigation that could prove deadly…
As crime reporter Harper McClain unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy, the killer focuses on her. He’s already killed one woman. Will he kill another?

cover150386-mediumHarper is one hell of a woman and I loved her balls! She is the centre of this novel and she was perfect for it. It’s a shame I did not realise when I picked it up that it was a sequel to another novel and now I’m too spoilt to read it because I adored Harper as a character, she was strong and fierce and vulnerable. Although the novel was a sequel, I didn’t realise it until there was mention of previous events which did not deter from my understanding of this novel at all – I really appreciated that, and there was enoughhss-LEtrench-34 information there to understand what had happened in the past. The scenes with the hot detective were all that I lived for: angsty as hell. There was a lot of emotional baggage and mystery in that relationship alone so I am subscribed to this series because I need to know what happens on this hot front.

This is a mystery/crime/thriller so there is enough murder to satisfy me, with plenty of suspects to choose from and added plot twists. I did feel like I was ahead a lot of the time and could see these twists just before they came into view so they weren’t really a shock to me and I kinda knew at some point kinda who it was and how it could’ve been done. Maybe I am just that good, or maybe that was the weak point of the novel. However, the writing was beautiful and the pacing was good, keeping me glued to the screen.

I will have to keep my eyes peeled for whatever Christi Daugherty will do next and this is one of those series that I need to follow. I am definitely hooked. Maybe I will even go and read the first book later this year once I will forget the details of this one.

Xoxo
Jane

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#BlogTour: Hellcorp by Jonathan Whitelaw | #LoveBooksGroupTours

How do I even get my dates wrong when I have a calendar? I don’t know how, but I did it again. Anyway, Hellcorp is a dark and twisty crime novel with the Devil as the leading man and God as Game-master…

Genre: Thriller | Humour
Year Of Publication: 5th July 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Pages: 360
My rating: 3 stars

Thank you Love Books Group and the publishers for a copy of this book.

Sometimes even the Devil deserves a break! Life is hard for The Devil and he desperately wants to take a holiday. Growing weary from playing the cosmic bad guy, he resolves to set up a company that will do his job for him so the sins of the world will tick over while he takes a vacation. God tells him he can have his vacation just as soon as he solves an ancient crime. But nothing is ever easy and before long he is up to his pitchfork in solving murders, desperate to crack the case so he can finally take the holiday he so badly needs… [Goodreads blurb]

1970-01-01 01.00.00 4.jpgThe premise was intriguing and interesting, I loved that for once we were able to see the Devil in a different light (sic) and exploring his other sides. I liked that we were able to see the interaction between him and God as well, but in terms of the actual plot of the story it was quite confusing, all over the place and it fell flat for me. 

The characters were a lot of fun to be around and their interactions were fun, quirky and usually full of sarcasm and wit, sometimes a bit too much. The storytelling is meant to be funny and sarcastic, and although I do enjoy that, too much of it can be difficult to digest, just like a triple chocolate cake and that’s why I struggle to connect with the characters on an emotional level. I found Gideon to be a bit flat, to begin with, but the funny doctor found a way to worm itself into my graces and in the end, I appreciated her character development. 

This novel does a great job at commenting on social, political and philosophical matters, as well as the old dichotomy of good versus evil. Overall, I did enjoy this book and I would recommend it if dark and humorous crime novels are what you are looking for.

About the author:

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’. Jonathan Whitelaw Author Image

 

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